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Carter James Lilley, 30, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St. in Wolf Point. Interment will immediately follow at Chicken Hill Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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Connie Gail (Engelke) Bracken, 61, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
She was born on Aug. 4, 1955, to Charles and Delores Engelke and was raised west of Froid on the family farm. She graduated with the Class of 1973 from Froid High School and attended Montana State University.
She married Tom Bracken at the Congregational Church of Froid on Nov. 30, 1974. Together, she and Tom enjoyed operating the Engelke and Bracken farms.
As a youth, she was an active 4-H member in
Roosevelt County and continued as an adult volunteer leader of the Up-N-Atom 4-H Club for 36 years. She taught, guided and led many youth to master and excel in clothing construction for fairs and the Make-It-With-Wool competition, quilting, leather crafts, livestock production, gardening and horses.
She was a creative, joyous and hardworking woman who excelled in anything she put her mind to do, especially home improvement projects. With her "can do-will do" attitude, she mastered many talents from becoming a Master Gardener to designing and helping to build the family home, owning and running her own sheep herd and business, driving a team of horses, operating the swather for haying and the combine for harvest, helping neighbors and supporting her community.
Always ready for an adventure, she enjoyed traveling and exploring new sites. She found serenity kayaking on the rivers with friends.
She was an avid quilter with many yards of fabric and lovely projects completed. She looked forward to Thursday quilting with the Flying Geese Quilters and trips to Medora, N.D., with the Badland Quilt Guild.
Above all else, her greatest creation was her son, Justin. She and Justin shared many water and snow skiing escapades, working together and attending 4-H events. She was amazed at his fine woodworking skills.
She made friendships easily through her many travels that took her from Anchorage, Alaska, to Australia and New Zealand and across the United States and Canada.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; son, Justin; and parents, Charlie and Delores.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Donnie.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Froid Community Center with Pastors Ron Martin-Dent and Tim Hutslar officiating. In the spring, her ashes will be inurned on the hillside overlooking the ranch.